Journalism (Distance Learning) MA

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Mode of Study
Full-time by distance learning, Part-time by distance learning
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022, January 2023


Whether it's providing the public with trusted information, holding leaders to account or countering "fake news" and misinformation, journalists have a key role to play in a democratic society.

Gain the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to succeed in roles such as journalist, news editor, press officer and communications officer with this online Journalism Master's.

  • Learn the professional skills and knowledge needed in the era of digital news and media in areas such as video editing, media law, data analysis and people management
  • Gain academic credit towards Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (including 100wpm in shorthand)
  • Apply your skills and boost your CV with at least 10 days of work experience with a publisher or communications company
  • Use the latest professional software including Photoshop, Indesign and Premier Pro
  • Learn from teaching staff who have professional experience with titles and organisations such as the Financial Times, News International and Portsmouth News
  • Start in September or January (full-time only in January)

Don't worry if you have no previous journalism experience – you'll get an intro to reporting to bring you up to the required standard.

This is a new course and we're currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply. You can also see information about what modules you'll study and course costs.

Entry requirements​

Qualifications or experience
  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
Selection process
  • All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

​What you'll study


  • Investigative Journalism – 15 credits
  • Media Law and Regulation – 15 credits
  • Research Methods – 30 credits
  • Portfolio – 15 credits
  • Writing and Producing News for a Digital Audience – 15 credits
  • News Reporting – 15 credits
  • Government, Power and the Media – 15 credits
  • Major Project (a journalism-related project) or Dissertation (a 15,000-word research project) – 60 credits

You can also choose to take a no credit option of Shorthand where you'll learn Teeline in a bid to reach 100wpm.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: to be confirmed
  • Part-time: to be confirmed

EU (including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: to be confirmed
  • Part-time: to be confirmed

International students

  • Full-time: to be confirmed
  • Part-time: to be confirmed

Fees subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You'll study 8 modules over the duration of the course. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


Start your application by following the link below:

September 2022 start

January 2023 start (full-time study only)

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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